The Abuja Muslim Forum (AMF), an umbrella body for Islamic organisations in the Federal Capital Territory, has condemned attacks on the public and private properties by hoodlums while demonstrations under the End SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) campaign lasted.
In a statement shared to newsmen on Friday, the leader of the forum, Imam Luqman Ahmad, said that the organisation strongly condemned the barbaric acts of looting and attacks on citizens and their properties.
Ahmad also called on the federal and state governments to act swiftly on the demands of the peaceful End SARS protesters.
He advised the protesting youth to always use peaceful means to achieve their aims and not to infringe on the rights of others while communicating their grievances.
He said the forum supported the End SARS protests across the country to end police brutality, explaining that peaceful protest is one of the fundamental human rights.
“However, we noticed with dismay that the protest has turned from being peaceful to violence, vandalism, looting and destruction of public and private properties in the last 48 hours across the country,” the forum’s leader added.
”The attacks on public and private establishments as well as the loss of lives are unfortunate and uncalled for.”
“We, therefore, condemn in strong terms and in totality the barbaric acts of looting, attacks on citizens and civil unrest emanating from the protests, that seems to have been hijacked by hoodlums and other forces.
“Please let us remember that countries like Libya, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda and the rest started this way.”